My scientific activities in the last five years have been directed towards the following areas of research:
1. Studies on the Europe-wide transmission, reception and perception of the Antique and Carolingian legacies based on selected philosophical, theological, historical, biographical and legal works forming the future religious, cultural and political landscape of Europe.
2. Studies on the reception and perception of the Bible, patristic and scholastic writing vs. Muslim literature (Qur’ān, Tafsīr, Ḥadīth) and their transformative effects on Europe’s various religious and cultural memories in its centers and peripheries.
3. Studies on the border crossing and entanglement of religious histories and historiographical traditions in the Mediterranean World.
All these studies are raising the question about the geographical, linguistic, religious, cultural and mental borders of the multi-layered legacy in the centers and peripheries of Europe and the Mediterranean World, once and today. In my thesis of habilitation and other publications, I have analyzed the Europe-wide intellectual attraction and radiance of the Parisian abbey of Saint-Victor in the mirror of its exegetical and theological production, focusing on the German, Anglo-Saxon, French, Italian and Hispanic areas. Subsequently, I have broadened my panorama to reconstruct European religious and intellectual identities by conducting extensive research on texts of Christian-Muslim encounters and perceptions in Europe. On this basis, I have been able to pursue studies on early Christian polemics against Islam, on the linguistic and religious borders between Christians, Jews and Muslims, and on processes of religious and cultural passages, entanglement and dis/integration among the members of the three monotheisms, especially in the Medieval Iberian Peninsula. Preparative and adjoining studies have been published amongst others in my Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies (de Gruyter, Berlin e. a., 2014–).
Key wordsCarolingian and Intellectual Legacy, Interreligious Dialogue and Memory, Transcultural Studies, Entangled History and Historiography